Wife of killer cop haunted over never spotting 'signs' after he admitted to ...

Wife of killer cop haunted over never spotting 'signs' after he admitted to ...
Wife of killer cop haunted over never spotting 'signs' after he admitted to ...

The wife of Wayne Couzens has told of her horror at the police officer's sickening crimes and her distress at failing to spot any warning signs in the months before Sarah Everard's kidnap and murder.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Elena Couzens, 38, said: 'I keep on asking "why?" What Wayne did wasn’t human behaviour.’

As Couzens today pleaded guilty to snatching Ms Everard, 33, off the street and then raping her, his wife of 15 years says she is still picking up the pieces of her shattered life and rebuild together with the couple's two young children.

'If I had any idea what was going on in Wayne’s head, then none of this would’ve happened but I didn’t know anything,' she said.

‘He didn't appear to be acting strangely. I didn't notice anything was wrong. I’m working full time, most of the time I‘m dropping the children off at school and picking them up, I have a really busy lifestyle.

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‘I can't comprehend it because he never once previously showed any glimpse of violence, he was never that way. I’m just as puzzled as everyone else.

'I saw nothing wrong. He had a beautiful family, a good house… what else did he need? I’m constantly asking myself “where I did miss the signs?” How on earth could this have happened?'

In an exclusive interview, Elena recalls the moment armed police raided their modest two-bedroom semi-detached home in Deal, Kent, and arrested her husband of 15 years, assuming it was his colleagues playing a prank. It wasn't until police were still rifling through their things an hour later that she realised it was serious.

Opening up for the first time, the mother-of-two reveals how she had to break the news to the couple's children - a daughter, 11, and son, nine - that their father had been arrested after they were moved into a temporary house. She also reached out the family of Ms Everard and said she cannot imagine what her parents are going through.

As Wayne Couzens today pleaded guilty to snatching Sarah Everard, 33, off the street and then raping her, his wife of 15 years,  Elena (pictured above with Wayne), 38, says she is still picking up the pieces of her shattered life

As Wayne Couzens today pleaded guilty to snatching Sarah Everard, 33, off the street and then raping her, his wife of 15 years,  Elena (pictured above with Wayne), 38, says she is still picking up the pieces of her shattered life

Opening up for the first time, the mother-of-two reveals how she had to break the news to the couple's children - a daughter, 11, and son, nine - that their father had been arrested after they were moved into a temporary house

Opening up for the first time, the mother-of-two reveals how she had to break the news to the couple's children - a daughter, 11, and son, nine - that their father had been arrested after they were moved into a temporary house

Ms Everard had spent the evening at a friend’s house on March 3 when she started to walk from Clapham to her home Brixton

Ms Everard had spent the evening at a friend’s house on March 3 when she started to walk from Clapham to her home Brixton

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Still seeking answers herself, Elena says: ‘The only thing I can think of is manic depression. I know he suffered from depression, but it was always such a subtle thing, you couldn’t always tell what it was.

‘He’d be up and down. Sometimes he’d feel really happy

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